Tour De France Stage 14 is a 192.5 km route from Saint Etienne to Mende. This stage looks challenging from the start and very inviting to punchers and explosive riders. Who can beat Wout Van Aert? This post contains our Tour De France Stage 14 predictions, odds, recommended bets on Winner, Top 3 & Head to Head, exclusive promotions & no deposit bonuses!
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Making its way through the Massif Central, Stage 14 is a continuous up-and-down from start to finish, featuring four category 3 ascents and one time category 2.
After 14.2 kilometres the Côte de Saint-Juste Malmont, a 7.7 km climb at an averages of 3.9%, is sure to inspire a flurry of attacks. It is followed by the Côte de Châtaignier (2.9 kilometres at 7.3%).
In the last 60km, the Côte de Grandrieu (6.3 kilometres at 4.1%) and Côte de la Fage (4.2 kilometres at 6%), both category-three climbs, will whittle down the peloton but the deciding point will be the final ascent.
The second-category Côte de la Croix Neuve crests with 1.5 kilometres to go, and it is very demanding. It climbs 303 metres over three kilometres, an average gradient of over 10%, with ramps up to 18%. A 1 kilometre drop leads onto a flat 500 metres run-in to the line.
On this climb Laurent Jalabert won Stage 12 on Bastille Day in 1995, and Côte de la Croix Neuve has since also been referred to as Montée Jalabert.
Stage 14 FavouritesIt's one of the hardest stages to predict this year.
In our opinion, Team Jumbo Visma will allow the breakaway to succeed as the current Yellow Jersey Jonas Vingegaard will aim to save his legs for the next mountains stages.
Anyway, Tadej Pogacar could be attracted by the 18% ramp at few kilometers fro the finish line as he has a 2'22" gap from Jonas Vingegaard.
Hence, the #1 favorite Wout Van Aert could be required to help his captain but we would not be suprised to see the Green Jersey among the attackers.
With Matthieu Van Der Poel already out of the Tour, Van Aert will probably fight against riders such as Matej Mohoric, Dylan Teuns, Michael Matthews, Michael Woods and Maximilian Schachmann, who should be installed as the bookies' favourites behind the Belgian finisheur.
Other possible contenders are Jasper Stuyven, Tim Wellens, Carlos Verona, Andrea Pasqualon, Tom Pidcock, Warren Barguil and Lennard Kamna (all riders that could be involved in an early breakaway and perform well on the Côte de la Croix Neuve).
A lot of riders could have highlighted this stage, including those that are around the 20th place in the General Classification such as Damiano Caruso, Thibaut Pinot, Bob Jungels, Valentin Madouas, Patrick Konrad and Luis Leon Sanchez.
Other puncheurs that should not be ruled out are Pierre Latour, Alberto Bettiol, Benoit Cosnefroy, Magnus Cort Nielsen, Andrea Bagioli, Andreas Kron and Bauke Mollema.
The likes of Michael Woods, Peter Sagan, Alexander Vlasov, Daniel Martinez, Chris Froome and Rigoberto Uran would have been considered serious contenders but looked far from their best form.
TOUR DE FRANCE STAGE 14 PREDICTIONS The section below contains our experts' betting tips on the Tour De France Stage 14 (Winner, Top 3 and Head To Head recommended bets).
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